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Weddings: I have to do what?!

One of the …neatest/oddest/most annoying (choose your own adventure) things about getting married is attempting to navigate all the traditions. Which ones do I do? Which ones are stupid? Which ones have valid origins? It all started with the wedding shower kerfuffle (to have one or not to have one… …

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Vocal Criticism of Religion

This is another post in my series on atheism- and this one addresses anti-theism and some of the most prominent vocal atheists in print today. The other posts on the history of atheism and cultural acceptance of atheism can be found here and here! Some atheists go beyond their own …

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Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be

So apparently there’s a new Dan Brown book out today. I know next to nothing about this, but it does, apparently, have to do with hell. Now I like the idea of eternal suffering and despair just as much (or in this case, little) as the next guy, but while …

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Cultural Attitudes Towards Atheism

Continuing from my last post A Short History of Atheism, I’m now adding to the blog another section of my Religious Studies dissertation which addresses different cultural attitudes towards atheism (and religious tolerance) and the effects they have on non-believers and minority groups. Due to the nature of the assignment …

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A Short History of Atheism

As an atheist, I have always felt it important to understand my own position as well as that of the religions I reject. This has sparked a keen interest in a subject which is labelled “RMPS” (Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies) in Scottish schools. It’s a great subject which is …

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Religion’s Future Part 2: Secular Solutions

This is the second part of a two-part post speculating on the future of religion. You can find part one here. Alright, so we all know many of the problems that religion poses to our society. Religious politicians try to force their beliefs on us via legislation, teachers try to incorporate …

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Religion’s Future Part 1: The Role of Religion

This is part 1 of a two-part series speculating on the future of religion. The second part is here. As the monotheisms die out thanks to all the corruption and violence and rape and such in their hierarchies, a lot of people will be left without the comfort and community that …

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Atheism and Morality: Good Without God?

Atheists are often asked- especially by theists- how they can be moral without God and religion to guide them. This is a question which has always intrigued me; I consider myself a largely moral person who tries to do good when possible, but there is no particular belief or doctrine …

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